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The Temptations 10/20/1998

Review

This was only the group's second LP, and it was an extremely strong one, built around two monster hits ("My Girl" and the previously recorded "The Way You Do the Things You Do") and one close runner-up ("It's Growing"), plus a brace of some of the best songs in the Motown catalog, including renditions of "You Beat Me to the Punch," "What's So Good About Goodbye?," "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," and "Way Over There." All are done in a style unique to the Temptations, with arrangements that are distinctly different from the familiar versions by other Motown acts, and all are worthwhile. The original CD version, released in the mid-'80s, was a major disappointment. In 1998, it was remastered in 24-bit digital audio, giving it vastly superior sound quality (the 1998 copyright on the back is the giveaway, along with the reference to Polygram as owner of Motown); it was the first of the classic individual Motown albums already out on CD to get this treatment. The stereo separation on the reissue is very sharp, the sound is a lot closer and louder, and the detail is startling, right down to the rhythm section, parts of which, on "Baby, Baby I Need You" and "My Girl," stand out in astonishingly sharp relief. The bass on the latter is so solid it's scary, and the disc is worth owning almost as much for the sound as the music, just to show what listeners were missing on those earlier CDs. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Way You Do the Things You Do The Temptations 2:38
  3. 2 Baby, Baby I Need You The Temptations 2:50
  4. 3 My Girl The Temptations 2:41
  5. 4 What Love Has Joined Together The Temptations 2:54
  6. 5 You'll Lose a Precious Love The Temptations 2:32
  7. 6 It's Growing The Temptations 2:56
  8. 7 Who's Lovin' You The Temptations 2:56
  9. 8 What's So Good About Goodbye? The Temptations 2:36
  10. 9 You Beat Me to the Punch The Temptations 2:41
  11. 10 Way Over There The Temptations 2:59
  12. 11 You've Really Got a Hold on Me The Temptations 2:56
  13. 12 (You Can) Depend on Me The Temptations 2:31

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